The Gift of Tongues, a Sign of Judgment: We continue our study on the gift of tongues. In this program I discuss the function of tongues; what was this gift designed to do? There is only one place in the New Testament that gives us a reason, or, function for the gift of tongues: 1 Corinthians 14:20-22. This verse, properly understood, tells us that the gift of tongues was designed to point toward coming judgment on unbelieving Israel. This program was recorded upon my return from a trip to Arkansas and, though a good trip, I had had very little sleep in 4 days and so please forgive me if I do not seem at the top of my game.